From The Rock

Coming Together – The Benefit and Importance of Professional Organizations

By | January 10, 2013

I graduated college in May of 2009. I worried, of course, about finding a job in the recession. I thought I had a pretty good shot at getting hired from a previous internship, but by the time I graduated and the market had sufficiently tanked, most of my previous supervisors... Read More »

Crissy’s Top 10 Favorite OPR Memories

By | February 12, 2016

On March 1, I will celebrate my eighth anniversary at Obsidian PR. Wow! Eight whole years in one place! It was exciting to join our firm when we were young, and it’s been exciting to see how we’ve grown and changed over the years. And, of course, there are many... Read More »

Culture kick: Employee reviews

By | January 13, 2021

The internet is packed with review sites. On platforms like Yelp!, Facebook, TripAdvisor and Google, consumers can easily share their experiences – the good and the bad and everything in between. Maintaining your reputation through consumer reviews is an essential part of PR. But, so are employee reviews. If not... Read More »

Don’t Avoid Conflict – Learn From It

By | May 11, 2016

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, and learning how to create productive conflict resolution is a necessity. One of the most common causes of conflict among employees is miscommunication. The first step toward successful communication is identifying how your own behaviors affect the situation. The assertive continuum is a model... Read More »

Don’t Sell Yourself Short, Literally

By | December 13, 2013

I recently posed the question to the Obsidian team about what exactly I can and can’t do when it comes to offering help and advice to friends, small business owners and organizations I’m involved in personally, in regards to my noncompete agreement with our firm. Like most people in the... Read More »

Ease In or Jump?

By | June 17, 2014

Whether I am relaxing by the pool or lying out on the beach, I always find it interesting to sit back and watch what method people choose to take the plunge into the freezing cold water ahead. Are you a jump-right-in/no-strings-attached type, or do you take the ease-right-in-until-completely-comfortable approach? Personally,... Read More »

Enjoying the roller coaster of a PR agency internship

By | August 02, 2017

This summer has been quite transformative for me. I will begin my senior year of college this August, so I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that I’m about to enter adulthood, which is terrifying and exciting. I was also able to travel more than 4,000 miles to spend... Read More »

Finding Creativity

By | July 12, 2017

Creativity is an important trait to possess in the PR profession. There are so many areas in which we need to input creativity, from brainstorming ideas to crafting content and from developing communication plans to pitching the media. And, it’s true that creative people can often deliver at the drop... Read More »

Four Ways to Overcome Networking Hesitancy

By | November 30, 2016

Intentional networking is tricky and makes many of us feel uncomfortable. However, this professional necessity is not only for the extroverts. Everyone can become a successful networker by viewing the situation differently and incorporating these simple tips. Recognize the universal benefits. Do not feel guilty about networking. It is not... Read More »

How to avoid that summer slump at work

By | May 27, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend has passed, and you know what that means — school’s out for summer! Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to working adults, but it’s easy to feel the urge to kick back like students during the summer months. For me, all I want to do between June and September... Read More »